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Photo of Hildur Gudnadóttir, Sam Slater, Kári Grisey

Bio

Hildur Gudnadóttir, Sam Slater, Kári Grisey

Hildur Guðnadóttir is a composer and violinist known for her solo albums on Touch and various collaborations with artists such as Sunn O))), Pan Sonic and Throbbing Gristle, as well as her award-winning scores for the TV series Chernobyl and the film Joker. Sam Slater is a British artist and composer, friend and collaborator of Jóhann Jóhannsson, who helped Hildur realise her vision for her scores, and has also joined her live on stage for live presentations of the music for Chernobyl.


Hildur Guðnadóttir and Sam Slater’s track is based around a recording of their son Kári singing to himself during the COVID-19 lockdown in Berlin in the first part of 2020. ‘He does this when he's happy, and the result is an endless, often wordless improvised melody that floats around the house,’ says Sam. When asked to compose a piece inspired by lockdown, Hildur and Sam's response was to acknowledge that most of this time was purely domestic: homeschooling, playing football outside and keeping the neighbours' kids entertained, all with the consistent backdrop of mild dystopian panic. Kári's voice was the music they most frequently heard throughout the whole period.